Throughout his career, Kobe Bryant has earned the reputation of being an uncoachable player that often broke out of offensive sets to serve his own desires as a freelance scorer. As a result, animosity amongst some (so-called “Kobe haters”) has been more prevalent than perhaps any other NBA player in recent memory.
J.M. Poulard, writing for Forum Blue & Gold, asks the question, is Kobe’s reputation in this manner really deserved? Poulard catalogues Kobe’s relationship between his teammates and head coaches during the early part of his career, including the roller coaster ride that was his relationship with Shaquille O’Neal. His final conclusion: while Kobe was clearly immature during the early years of his career, there is enough evidence to suggest that he learned from his mistakes and improved immensely over time.
A quick excerpt:
“Much like Jay-Z, Kobe Bryant has excelled at his craft for over a decade and continues to be one of the best in his field. He routinely does things on the basketball court that we are not sure we have ever seen before…”